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High Court blow for MPs

Martin Rosenbaum | 09:47 UK time, Friday, 16 May 2008

MPs have lost the latest round in their battle to keep secret the full details of what they have been spending on their second home.

In its decision issued today the High Court has backed the earlier Information Tribunal ruling that receipt-by-receipt details should be published.

Due to other freedom of information requests the House of Commons authorities has already been forced to concede the publication of the amount spent under sub-headings such as mortgages, cleaning and groceries. This decision would take that much further into the release of individual invoices and receipts for spending for the 14 MPs involved in this case.

The decision is a huge embarrassment for the Commons authorities. The High Court has dismissed their argument that release of MPs' addresses would be a security risk. And they have been told to pay over £33,000 in costs for the journalists who requested the information.


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